Carclew's career development Fellowship program allows for an artist or arts worker aged 26 years or under, to pitch a bespoke professional development proposal. 

Applicants practicing in all creative mediums (as well as the technical, administration and production areas) can request financial support up to $10,000. 

You could choose to study at an international summer school, participate in masterclasses, residencies, internships or mentorships, or immerse yourself in a different and challenging environment to be exposed to innovation and cutting edge ideas. 

Applicants may use a small portion of their proposed budget towards a project, provided it clearly supports their professional development. 

Applications close 11.59pm, 1 September 2020. 


Carclew Fellowships offer financial support to emerging cultural and creative artists for: 

  • Arts career building 
  • Skills development 
  • Exploring new art form practice, methods and techniques 
  • Research towards creative development 

Areas of practice for the purpose of the Fellowship can include (but are not limited to): 

  • Arts Administration & Industry Pathways: arts administration, project management, technical and production, event management 
  • Digital Platforms: film, video, documentary, cinematography, animation, trans-media production, biotechnology and arts, virtual reality, gaming, research into new technologies for screen and media works 
  • Performing Arts: theatre, puppetry, performance art, dance, music, sound, circus, physical theatre, cabaret, musical theatre, opera, comedy 
  • Visual Arts: curatorial practice, sculpture, drawing, painting, digital media, photography, design, ceramics, glass, crafts, printmaking, mixed media, installation 
  • Written Word: novels, scripts, poetry, prose, spoken word, short stories, long form articles, plays, film scripts, graphic novels 
  • Community: community and cultural development, community arts, cultural practice 

Funding available 

Up to $10,000 depending on the scope of the proposal. 

Key dates 

  • Applications close 11:59pm (ACST) Tuesday, 1 September 2020 
  • Notification of outcome November 2020 
  • Fellowship to commence after 1 January 2021 and completed by 31 December 2021 
  • Acquittal reports must be submitted 6 weeks after the Fellowship is completed 

Essential information 

What the Fellowship does support (but not limited to): 

  • Skills development workshops, masterclasses and summer schools. 
  • Structured networking as part of a broader professional development program.  
  • Dedicated time to develop professional writing.  
  • One year of a post-graduate study.  
  • Mentorships, internships, attachments or residencies. 
  • Project and project administration costs for proposed development activity.   
  • Reasonable travel and living costs during the creative development activity. 

What the Fellowship does not support: 

  • A course of study that falls within the Austudy or Abstudy award 

(if unsure click here for approved courses under the Austudy or Abstudy award) 

  • A course of under-graduate study 
  • The purchase of equipment or expenditure for capital items (film and new media applicants may purchase smaller items of equipment as approved by Carclew) 
  • A proposal largely based around attendance at arts events (e.g. festivals, launches, conferences) 
  • Study costs for activity the applicant has already commenced 
  • Activity that is coordinated by post- secondary institutions or part of tertiary study requirement and/or credits in any way 


  • Applicants must be aged 26 years of age or under as at 1 July 2020 
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a track record as a practising artist or Arts Worker in any artform. 
  • Applicants must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status in Australia, and currently live and make work in South Australia. 
  • If you have previously received Carclew funding, you must have no outstanding funding acquittal reports. 
  • If you are currently repaying a Carclew QuickSTART Microloans you will not be considered for this Fellowship. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants 

Carclew is committed to driving reconciliation through employment and training opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A minimum of one Fellowship will be awarded to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant. Please read Carclew’s Reconciliation Action Plan here

COVID-19 considerations 

Applicants must ensure that their professional development proposal is achievable and realistic in the current COVID-19 pandemic environment. This includes social distancing, hygiene measures, and especially in relation to travel restrictions. If evidence of confirmation for travel bookings cannot be provided by the application closing date, the applicants proposal should include an alternative plan. For the latest up to date government COVID-19 information click here



All applications for Fellowships must be submitted online using this form

Within the online form, you have the option of submitting most of your application in written, video or audio format.  

Valuable assistance in developing your application is available by: 


  • Checking out previous Fellowship recipients using the tabs for each year in the menu above, or watch the videos below 
  • Attending a scheduled grant information session (see below) 
  • Arranging a one-on-one consult to discuss your project proposal (see below) 

Click here to apply now!


Applications close
01 Sep 2020
Amount Upon Application
Experimental arts
Performing Arts
Visual arts
Writing & Publishing
Grant Type
Youth Arts
Applicant Type
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